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Wed
27
Apr

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard
 
Overheard in a doctor’s office: Two ladies, apparently waiting to register and then wait and wait and wait were not happy campers and were rather vocal about the situation. One complained that she had to fill out five forms and had been there in late December and this was now the first of the year.
 
Wed
27
Apr

Ready for a New Story

By Stephen Waguespack
 
And the hits just keep on coming. Employers in Louisiana have felt the pinch over the last year of an economy in recession, billions of dollars in more state taxes and a host of new mandates proposed that will make it even harder to compete. Sagging oil prices saddle our producers and service companies with more debt than income and this year’s ramp up in Obamacare penalties will put many small to mid-size businesses in an audit trap thanks to a cumbersome maze of new reporting requirements.
 
Wed
20
Apr

Thank You, Mr. Steimel

By Stephen Waguespack

This week, Edward J. “Ed” Steimel passed away at the age of 94. While his name may seem unfamiliar to some; he was well known to many in the arena of Louisiana politics and his contributions to our state for several decades were plentiful and impactful.
 
Wed
13
Apr

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard

Wed
13
Apr

Questions and Answers

By Stephen Waguespack

Wed
06
Apr

Providing Choice is the Best Choice

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Life is about the choices we make. Whether big or small, made in the blink of an eye, or after much consideration; the choices we make throughout our lives tell the story of our very existence. Some of these choices are consequential while others are seemingly nefarious to the larger picture. It is only with time that we learn the categories in which those choices ultimately fall.
 
 
Wed
06
Apr

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard
 
There’s a running “rooster fight” between we boys with the pen and ink and office holders of both small and large duties. Right before and after World War II we became affiliated with people with rank. We have been, for this most part, disappointed with the right to serve the offices to which they have been elected. Our friend, the late Congressman Joe D. Waggoner Jr., was an exception to the rule as he served in the House of Representatives ably for 17 years. For one reason we admired him was he introduced this country reporter to President Richard M. Nixon who told us that his family owned a newspaper in Whittier, CA. There was a small line back of me and Mary and I said we’d better move and the president said “I’ll take care of that” he advised, “better collect for those ads”.
 
Wed
30
Mar

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard

Wed
30
Mar

The Burgeoning Bureaucratic Business of Blaming Business

By Stephen Waguespack

The fiscal special session to raise revenues mercifully ended last week. Many individual and business taxpayers were left dangling in the wind as their financial futures were debated ad nauseam. It was chaotic and controversial, filled with enough name-calling and fingerpointing to ensure everyone received some of the blame and none of the credit for its outcome.
 
Wed
23
Mar

The Eye of the Tiger

By Stephen Waguespack

This weekend started off as a rainy one. The gloomy weather, along with my need for some down time to recover from an illness, left our family largely homebound for a few days. I came across “Rocky IV” while channel surfing, and instantly knew it was time for my three young boys to learn some important lessons about hard work, toughness and unwavering patriotism from the “Italian Stallion” himself.
 

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